The Denton Lady Broncos continued their reign of terror through district play with another dominating shutout, this time knocking off Sherman 6-0 on Friday.
KELLER — For the second straight playoff game, the Denton Broncos found themselves in a tense, back-and-forth battle. Denton escaped the bi-district round with Tyrus Johnson’s magical 3 in overtime Tuesday, but on Friday in the Class 5A area round, the Bronco magic ran out.
The race to UIL basketball gold begins this week for seven Denton-area boys teams while the Ryan and Argyle are the only two area girls teams still alive in the third round of the state playoffs with regional tournament berths on the line Tuesday night.
AUSTIN — At the biggest meet of the season, all three Denton ISD swimmers set personal bests in Friday’s Class 5A state swim meet, and Braswell’s Alexa Barnes also was able to qualify for Saturday’s finals.
The Denton Lady Broncos remained unbeaten in the regular season and picked up their third straight win Friday night, cruising past Braswell 5-0.
The Ryan boys basketball team won a coin flip against Denton on Wednesday afternoon, making the Raiders the top seed in District 5-5A.
KELLER — Denton coach Erin Taylor told her team Saginaw Boswell was everything it was cracked up to be heading into Tuesday’s first-round playoff game. The advance warning didn’t do any good.
Screams roared through a Denton High locker room following Round 2 of the crosstown rivalry between Denton and Ryan. After the Broncos won an overtime thriller at Ryan on Jan. 17 to improve their District 5-5A record to 5-0, it was the Raiders who enjoyed the celebration Friday.
LITTLE ELM — The Denton Broncos are on a mission: Win a district title with an undefeated record. So far, so good. With a convincing 80-54 victory over Braswell on Tuesday, Denton has at least a share of the District 5-5A title — a feat it hadn’t accomplished since 1991.
Denton is four games into its District 5-5A season and has handled adversity with grace and tenacity. After falling to rival Ryan to open district play, Denton bounced back with a 2-1 win over Sherman and a 3-1 road victory over defending district champ Wichita Falls.
Feb. 28. That’s when Denton and Wichita Falls will meet again. After they drew to a 2-2 tie Friday at Bronco Field, the stage is set for a second and final showdown that is sure to have significance in the District 5-5A race.
With offers swirling around the heads of Denton’s Grant Polley and Chris Miller, at the end of national signing day on Wednesday, both players found a home at Colorado. Polley had committed to Kansas as a junior and had offers from Texas, Oregon, Baylor, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU and Texas Tech.
So far, so good. In Denton’s first District 5-5A game, against crosstown rival Ryan, the Lady Broncos had a goal of playing with high intensity.
Ryan’s offense hasn’t been scaring anyone. But that may have changed now that district play has started. Senior midfielder Cody Davidson scored twice Friday, including the go-ahead goal with just more than 17 minutes to play, as the Raiders rallied for a 2-1 win against crosstown rival Denton in the District 5-5A opener for both teams.
Ryan hosted Denton on Tuesday. And of course the game went into overtime. What else could be expected from a game that featured crosstown rivals who not only were overdue for a district showdown — neither have been in the same district since the 2011-2012 season — but also were battling for the top spot in the standings.
Playing each other for the first time, Denton’s experience won out over Braswell’s youth as the Broncos trapped the Bengals all Friday night in a 64-52 victory to stay perfect in District 5-5A.
Holding Denison to 44 points, the Denton defense had its usual swagger Tuesday at home, but offensively the Broncos took it to a whole other level. Hitting shots from all over the court while running the Yellow Jackets up and down the floor, every Bronco that made it into the game scored as Denton destroyed Denison 101-44.
In a battle between District 5-5A foes and crosstown rivals Denton and Ryan, defense was the main focus for each coach. Ryan coach Monesha Allen and Denton coach Erin Taylor are known for their defense pedigrees, and in the teams’ district opener Friday, Ryan’s defense flourished while Denton’s was lackluster.
In a clash of styles, the Denton Broncos faced a similarly high-octane offense in Argyle on Tuesday with the Eagles boasting a well-balanced, 3-point shooting attack compared to Denton’s run-and-gun transition game.
Denton-area volleyball players were represented well on their respective all-district teams. The select players are chosen by district coaches, who consider their performance during district play.
The Denton Broncos did not have their usual swagger in the first half against Keller Central. They lacked defensive energy and execution on the offensive end and found themselves trailing by as many as nine points late in the fourth quarter.
Denton offensive lineman Grant Polley had quite an up-and-down season during his senior year. He missed several games with a painful knee injury, and the Broncos lost a heartbreaker at home in their opening-round playoff tilt against Justin Northwest.
New season, same tenacious defense. The Denton Broncos have been known for their relentless defense in past seasons, but with several players graduating, the opportunity to find a new identity was a possibility.
When the Denton Broncos stormed out to an impressive 23-0 lead in their bi-district playoff opener against Justin Northwest, it seemed as if all the pieces were finally falling into place and Denton might easily roll into the second round. But Northwest was relentless, scored 21 fourth-points, including a touchdown with 16 seconds left, and defeated Denton 31-29.
In many ways, the Denton Broncos are staring into a mirror when it comes to their Class 5A bi-district playoff matchup against Justin Northwest. Both teams sit at 9-1, with each loss coming at the hands of powerhouse programs. Denton lost to Ryan to open its district schedule, and Northwest fell to Aledo two weeks ago.
The Guyer girls golf program saw three of its players sign their national letters of intent to play college golf on Wednesday afternoon.
For the first time in three seasons, the Denton Broncos know before their 10th game whom they will play in the first round of the playoffs. The Broncos will host Justin Northwest next Friday at 7 p.m., but first they have to finish the regular season. Denton and Braswell square off at 7 tonight at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex to close out District 5-5A play.
TROPHY CLUB — Denton’s hopes for another long playoff run weren’t just dashed Tuesday. They were buried. Saginaw Boswell, No. 12 in the final Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A poll, got a combined 27 kills from the trio of Kailyn Gilbreath, Hannah Boyd and Mattie Gregory while churning out a near-perfect defensive performance in a 25-13, 25-7, 25-10 win over the Lady Broncos in a Region I bi-district playoff match at Trophy Club Nelson.
Eight Denton-area teams have their focus squarely set on a championship run when the UIL state volleyball playoffs begin this week.
Denton senior Alex Goff had a different mindset last cross country season. He thought if he ran harder and trained longer, he would be able to perform better at meets, but after breaking his foot due to overexertion right before last season’s district meet, Goff was determined to train smarter, not harder, this season.
Yielding an opening touchdown and throwing an interception on their second offensive play of the game, the Denton Broncos found themselves facing at a two-possession deficit just a handful of minutes into their showdown against District 5-5A foe Wichita Falls Rider. But Denton’s defense forced a turnover on downs at its own 12-yard line to restore the ball to its offense and the Broncos never looked back as they surrendered just six points the rest of the game on the way to a 31-13 win Friday at Bronco Field.